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Advisors

Steve Cooper Senior Advisor

 

Steve Cooper is a seasoned executive and entrepreneur with 45 years of experience leading companies in the semiconductor, software, and medical device industries. Mr. Cooper held various technical and management positions at Intel, Silicon Systems, Bipolar Integrated Technologies, and Etec Systems. In 1995, he took Etec public and sold the company to Applied Materials in March 2000 for $2.5 billion. In 2001, he provided seed and follow-on financing for Inogen, and served as its Chairman until 2012 and continued as a Director until its IPO in 2014.

Mr. Cooper has been advising OTOjOY since 2013 and has been instrumental in bringing OTOjOY LoopBuds from conception to market. His broad network of successful executives in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors have equipped OTOjOY with access to knowledge and expertise typically unavailable to a small team. Being affected by hearing loss himself and passionate about the cause, Mr. Cooper provides advice not only from a business angle, but also from a consumer standpoint.

Pedro Lopez-Baldrich Strategy & Legal Advisor

 

Pedro Lopez-Baldrich is a senior executive with extensive leadership and technical experience within the international, legal, and operational sectors. He has shepherded the legal and business operations of Patagonia and Burton Snowboards, and as Interim CEO navigated the board and stakeholders of a publicly listed clean-tech company. He was an attorney for the global law firm Blank Rome, and held positions with the US Securities and Exchange Commission and the New York Stock Exchange.

Pedro’s experience in advising mission-driven companies and his focus on sustainability have helped OTOjOY successfully navigate many of the challenges an early-stage startup company typically faces.

Melissa Alexander Audiology & Hearing Technology Advisor

 

Dr. Melissa Alexander, Au.D., CCC-A has been serving Southern California's hearing loss community since 2010. She holds a doctorate degree from Rush Medical Center in Chicago, IL and previously worked as a Doctor of Audiology at the House Ear Clinic in Santa Monica for over 5 years.

Dr. Alexander has served on the Practice Compliance Committee of the American Academy of Audiology, and was instrumental in creating guidelines for federal regulations with compliance standards for audiology. She advises OTOjOY on strategic partnerships with hearing professionals, hearing loss support organizations and other manufacturers as well as hearing technology.

John Woodgate Electronics Advisor

 

John Woodgate has more than 40 years of experience in audio engineering and international standards committee work. After a background in the consumer products and sound reinforcement sectors of the electronics industry, he became responsible for audio products design and development in a large multinational company. He has been granted two IEC 1910 Awards for contributions to standards development and regularly writes and lectures on the use and importance of standards, sound reinforcement, electromagnetic compatibility and audio frequency induction loop systems.

Mr. Woodgate has been instrumental in the electronics design and circuit development of OTOjOY LoopBuds and has brought several ideas for new product developments to OTOjOY. He has been advising OTOjOY since 2013.

Tom Fulcher Marketing Advisor

 

Tom Fulcher has over 20 years of marketing, management and business development experience and has led projects and divisions for start-up, small and large firms including Colgate-Palmolive and Heinz. Mr. Fulcher is highly involved in the Arizona community serving on the boards of The Economic Club of Phoenix and Audubon Arizona, as well as the Marketing Committee of Invest Southwest Capital Conference. He was recently named as the Entrepreneur in Residence for the ASU Technology Venture Services Group where he mentors and lectures graduate business, engineering and law students.

Mr. Fulcher provides OTOjOY with experience across a wide range of planning, branding, and marketing disciplines and has been guiding OTOjOY in the development of a successful export plan.

Howard Skaist Intellectual Property Advisor

 

Howard Skaist is an attorney with 30 years experience in technology and patent law. He served as an in-house patent attorney for General Electric, AT&T’s Bell Laboratories, and Intel, managing large teams of employees in cross-licensing efforts, overseeing patent analysis projects, and leading strategic management. In 2003, he founded Berkeley Law & Technology Group (BLTG). Mr. Skaist is also an adjunct professor at Boalt Hall Law School in Berkeley, CA, and at Willamette School of Law in Salem, OR, and has taught patent law, copyright law, and computer law at Lewis and Clark Law School and Albany Law School.

Mr. Skaist has been advising OTOjOY since 2013 and provides ongoing support with patents, licensing, and technology law. The breadth and depth of his experience in this field has enabled OTOjOY to quickly bring new innovations to market.

David Ny Business Development Advisor

 

David Ny has more than 25 years of experience in sales and marketing leadership in the Silicon Valley high tech industry. He has worked in both small startup companies and large, highly successful organizations, such as Xerox and Silicon Graphics International. His clients include Bank of America, Boeing, NASA, Genentech, and Industrial Light and Magic.

Mr. Ny has been advising OTOjOY on business development and marketing since 2015. His guidance was influential in developing OTOjOY’s sales strategy and enabling the organization to scale beyond the local Santa Barbara market.

Tara Schoenborn Public Relations Advisor

 

Tara Schoenborn holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Political Science from Syracuse University and a Master’s degree in International Media from American University. Tara has worked in government, public relations agencies, start-ups, and nonprofits across the United States to provide comprehensive and strategic communications expertise to help reach business, social, and marketing goals.

Having a passion for music, Tara enjoys communicating how OTOjOY brings music to those who can no longer enjoy it in the same way, due to hearing loss. In her role, she provides support in storytelling, press relations, marketing, and multimedia support to enhance, communicate, and promote OTOjOY’s mission.

Gary Greinke Nonprofit & Fundraising Advisor

 

Gary Greinke is a leader in the the philanthropic community in Santa Barbara. He served as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Development and Executive Director of The UC Santa Barbara Foundation. For a decade, Mr. Greinke lead the UCSB Office of Development, including the launch of The Campaign for UC Santa Barbara in 2004. In eight years, this campaign raised more than $600 million, expanded the network of donors, and strengthened the culture of giving to UC Santa Barbara.

Mr. Greinke has been advising OTOjOY in nonprofit-related affairs with a focus on the Loop California public awareness campaign project and OTOjOY’s philanthropic involvement.

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